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2014 Vintage Report and Tasting Notes

The Essence of Pinot Noir”

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2014 Vintage and Vineyard News

In all, growers in Oregon reported an excellent 2014 vintage with a very large crop that was also of high quality. Dry and warm weather throughout the season produced an all-time harvest record. Oregon growers produced 56,246 tons, which was 12% bigger than the large 2012 crop. The state’s wine grape harvest also grew by 10% in value to hit $128 million.

Pinot Noir is still the state’s leading crop, accounting for 58% of all tonnage produced and crushed. The Northern Willamette Valley, of which Elkhorn Ridge is a part, is home to 66% of the state’s total acreage. Yields in Oregon continue to be far lower in Oregon than California, with growers reporting and average of just 2.59 tons per acre in 2013.

For Elkhorn Ridge, the fruit was beautiful and ripe throughout the various vineyard blocks with no challenges, no disease and excellent quality. The 2014 vintage for us, will go down as one of the best in our 14 year history! Enjoy our wines!

Winemaking

  • Ripe grapes were destemmed, crushed and inoculated with various strains of cultured yeast to maximize complexity, after cold soaking.
  • Daily gentle punchdowns were used to extract optimal flavor and color and minimize harsh tannins. The punchdowns can vary by block, tank and day of fermentation. Every ferment is tasted daily to evaluate the evolution of tannins, modify extraction techniques and find the right moment to drain the wine off the skins.
  • The “777” was aged for 12 months in various types of French oak barrels. The “Le Terre Foss” saw 14 months in French oak, utilizing the same barrel regimen.

2014 “777” Pinot Noir

The “777”possesses a deep ruby color, in addition to a fragrant bouquet of ripe black fruit, including blackberries, black cherries and plums. The “777” is the more “masculine” of the two offerings, being slightly more full-bodied. This elegant wine should age well for eight to ten years and is noted for its long, velvety finish. Very complex in structure, the notes of plums, figs and black currants, offer up a vibrant, unctuously-textured effort.

Technical Data

2014 “777” Pinot Noir
Total Acidity 7.40
pH 3.47
Alcohol 13.9%
Blend 100% Dijon Clone 777
Cases Produced 260
Food Pairings Salmon grilled on cedar planks, rotisserie chicken, grilled tuna, lamb chops and much more.

2014 “Le Terre Foss” Pinot Noir

The “Le Terre Foss’” hallmark is its rich red fruit of strawberries, red cherries, raspberries, rose pedal, plum and damp earth and spice; seemingly, always with hints of roasted meats and mushrooms. It is medium in color and the more “feminine” of the offerings. Like its sibling, the “Le Terre Foss” should age well for eight to ten years and is also noted for its long, lingering finish. All of this, results in a remarkably Burgundian style wine.

Technical Data

2014 “Le Terre Foss” Pinot Noir
Total Acidity 7.6
pH 3.31
Alcohol 13.8%
Blend 75% Dijon Clone 777, 25% Dijon Clones 113, 114, and Pommard
Cases Produced 100
Food Pairings Salmon grilled on cedar planks, rotisserie chicken, pork tenderloin, roast turkey and much more.

Most Recent Awards

2013 “777” Pinot Noir Silver Medal @ the San Francisco International Wine Competition

2013 “Le Terre Foss” Pinot Noir Silver Medal @ the San Francisco International Wine Competition

2013 “777” Pinot Noir “Silver Medal” San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2013 “Le Terre Foss” Pinot Noir “Bronze Medal” San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The entire Foss family thanks you for your continued support and we are glad you enjoy our wines!
Cheers!